Monday, January 4, 2010
Tia visits Dr. Greenberger
We went to see Dr. Leah at Ellington Veterinary Center tonight. We've been meaning to drop by since Tia's radiation treatment ended. Everyone there was happy to see Miss T. Dr. Leah checked her mouth and it was nice and clean. Tia's weight was a little down, probably because of the liquid diet she has been on. We also have not been giving her ANY treats for fear that they will get stuck in the hole. While we were there Dr. Leah gave Tia a treat and she was so excited that she practically took the Doctor's hand off! Yes, that's our Tia. I forgot to warn Dr. Leah about that. She also checked Tia's eyes for dryness and found that her right eye is almost normal, but her left is really dry. That seemed strange, since we expected the dry eye to be on the side of the tumor, which was on the right. We'll have Dr. Rosen check them again next week at our NEVOG follow-up and see if there has been any change. We will continue to check in with Dr. Leah so she can monitor Tia's progress as well.
While we were at Ellington Vet I took another photo of Tia's face. This picture shows the fur loss and healing over the tumor site, and if you look closely you can also see an area of healing around her lip. Tia continues to enjoy sticking her face in the snow whenever she goes outside. It obviously feels good to her. She doesn't seem to be doing any damage, and I haven't noticed that she rubs her face hard. On New Year's Day I decreased Tia's prednisone from two tabs a day to one, but some of her side effects came back so I upped it to 1 1/2 tabs and she did better. Today I decreased the pred to one tab a day. We'll see how she does with that. Tonight Tia seems more herself and Rick, Brian and I agree that she seems to be feeling better.
We are so lucky to have such great veterinary care for Tia. Everyone really cares about our T, and has gone above and beyond in providing her care. We can't thank you enough!